Thursday, 21 August 2014

New home - one week on....

I moved house a week ago and it's been rather hectic but lots of fun. We've moved to a 60s house and  wasted no time in getting a few pictures and shelves put up to add or mark to it. All the walls are a very pale blue (which will all be painted white at some stage!) and we also intend to take up the carpets and paint the existing wooden floor boards white to give it a beach type feel.
Here are a few photos - the 'snug' which is for Polly and our living room. It's got a really sunny feel to it and has lovely views. It'll be fun doing it up and making it a new happy home. Will continue to show more photos over the next few weeks.
The last photo shows a piece of 70s fabric  fellow blogger blogged about that I bought on Etsy and had framed.

Thursday, 31 July 2014

Recent press clippings - Mollie Makes and Coast Magazine

Here are some recent press clippings - Mollie Makes issue 43 and Coast Magazine (featuring my sausage dog kit)

Monday, 28 July 2014

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

A day of sewing Miffy dolls cot blankets - Jane Foster

Have had a really enjoyable day sewing these mini dolls cot blankets. I've used mainly vintage cotton fabrics in strips. A really easy technique - just cut your chosen stripes of fabric, pin to each other then sew with a machine!

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Design Icon Unikko turns 50 this year!

The design icon Uniko turns 50 this year. This is the most famous Marimekko pattern of all time. Unikko was born in 1964 shortly after the company's founder Armi Ratia had announced that Marimekko would never print a floral pattern! Designer Maija Isola designed an entire collection of floral patterns in protest, one of them being Unikko.

I was fortunate to have bought this rare 60s formica Marimekko Unikko table around 15 years ago in Brighton and have enjoyed living with it in various rooms and settings ever since. I am however selling this as I'm downsizing to a much smaller home in order to have a garden, and this won't fit in.

I did some research recently a spotted one the same being sold in a design shop in Spain for £1800. I've never ever seen another like this until today. This is incredibly rare.

I've listed this on ebay.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Miffy Bag Commission - Jane Foster

I was asked to make a Miffy bag - here are some I enjoyed making yesterday, now available from my Etsy shop. Am also new making mini dolls cot quilts.

Monday, 14 July 2014

RNCM Screen print Commission - Jane Foster

I was thrilled when I was approached by the Royal Northern College Of Music (RNCM) to design a screen print to celebrate the opening of their new concert hall. It was quite fitting as I studied the violin and piano there in the 80s.
Here are some of the different versions I came up with for the commission. You can see the final one they chose to use here on the campaign blog. You can read my interview on the blog too and purchase the limited edition print for £25.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

I love making little Miffy purses!

I love making little Miffy purses - I like combining various 70s and retro fabrics with the small Miffy panels. When they've reached this stage, I take them home and hand sew the zips and lining in whilst relaxing and watching TV!

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Red haired girl water colour paintings - Jane Foster

As we're in the process of moving and our exposure unit is packed up, we're unable to expose new screens for screen printing so I'm really enjoying the contrast of dabbling with water colours. It's so different to what I normally do and completely relaxing! These red haired girl paintings are all original one offs and are available from my etsy site here.

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Water colour session with 6 year old daughter Polly

Polly had the day off school today as was poorly - however, she jumped at the chance to do some painting with me when I started doodling! We focussed on flowers and some mini ones to fit inside matchboxes. You can see how much she's influenced in what I do! I also gave her a canvas to paint a picture for our new home and she did a lovely boat.